Parents reading this already know, but childcare is costly! Families are paying close to 10% of their income on childcare. For low-income families with children under 5, that figure balloons to 35%! Middle-class families are paying 14% on average, double what is deemed “affordable”. Across the board, the data shows that the most economically vulnerable and youngest parents are faced with the greatest burdens in childcare costs.
We need to advocate for funding affordable childcare programs in Yolo County and ensure access to assistance for low-income families. Furthermore, as a student of regenerative community design, I know that the best solutions will come not from the wisdom of elected officials, but from moms and dads themselves!
I would support a design process for local childcare solutions in which we survey moms and dads in Yolo County, do a full demographic & economic analysis and implement solutions designed by parents and experts, with support from local governments.
One such solution that has shown much promise are Parent Childcare Cooperatives. I think the County could get quite active in acting as a resource and organizational hub to start these low-cost cooperatives, provide subsidized space, and empower parents to be lead participants in the process.
I’d like to have kids someday, yet for me and many of my peers, the prospect of doing so is daunting. As we re-envision what 21st century community looks like, we should see that recognizing and sharing our common needs and struggles may illuminate a better way forward.